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Shop Talk Tuesday with Randi Hacker

For my last Shop Talk Tuesday interview of the year, we have Randi Hacker joining us in the beauty shop! Randi is the author of the LIFE AS I KNEW IT, a young adult novel about a teenage girl whose life is turned upside down when her sixty-nine-year old father suffers a stroke.


Welcome, Randi! Grab some coffee, get comfy in the beautician’s chair, and let’s get down to the gossip.

When’s the last time you’ve treated yourself to a manicure?

Oh, it’s been about 3 years now.

Okay, that’s not too shabby. How long have you been with your current stylist and what are your appointment conversations like—chatty and personal, or quiet and professional?

About 4 years. He’s a barber and we mostly discuss the Jayhawks.

What kind of hairstyle did you have in high school?

Long and straight – no small feat given my natural and unruly curls. If I could only have back the hours I spent forcing it to be straight…

In my novel, the ladies have fun answering the “Hypothetical Questions of the Week” from their favorite tabloid. So here are some for you:

HQ #1: For one day, time travel is a reality and you have the opportunity to visit any famous deceased author you want. Who do you pick?

Anonymous. Just kidding. Aldous Huxley

HQ #2: If you could hit the rewind button, which book published by another author do you wish you could have written? Which movie screenplay?

Brave New World. Local Hero.

HQ #3: You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it?

Dinner out for me, my daughter and a couple of friends.

HQ #4: You’re a big-time celebrity who just had a baby. If you were competing for the most bizarre celebrity baby name, what would it be?

Botox or maybe Tyvek.

HQ #5: Paparazzi are stalking you, looking for shots of odd things authors do while writing. What do they catch you doing, hmm?

Writing with a pencil but not using the eraser.

HQ #6: If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?

Writing adult novels.

The Lightening Round—no more than two words per answer!
Do you . . .
Outline or wing it?
Wing it
Talk about works-in-progress, or keep your trap shut? Yes.
Sell by proposal or completed draft? Completed draft.
Love to edit or cringe at the thought? Love it.
Prefer writing a new book or marketing the old? New.
Write better at home or in a coffee shop? Home.
Read your released book or no, I’ve read it enough? No thanks.

And finally, what’s your favorite . . .
Time to write?
Before first light.
Movie? Local Hero
Book? Pride and Prejudice
Author? Kurt Vonnegut
Song? The Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
Pair of shoes? Red Arcopedicos
Guiltiest pleasure? Reading Jackie Collins’ novels
Line from a movie? “Goodbye everyone! I’m off to Reykjavik!”

Thanks for stopping by, Randi, and about HQ#5–if you write your novels in pencil then wow, you are one tough writer! I’m lost without my laptop. And for those of you who are wondering what Arcopedicos look like, allow me:

Dang, they do look comfortable!

Have a great Tuesday!

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